Medical malpractice claims hit a high in New York City, according to the New York City Comptroller’s Office. Under the New York City Charter, the Comptroller is responsible for settling and adjusting claims for and against the City of New York.
During the 2015 fiscal year, the number of medical malpractice claims filed against City-owned hospitals increased from 2014 to 2015. According to data based on records from the National Practitioner Data Bank, compiled by Diederich Healthcare, medical malpractice payouts increased nationally by 4.7% in 2013. National Practitioner Data Bank is a clearinghouse of medical malpractice information.
Until 2013, medical malpractice payouts had not increased nationally since 2003. The 2015 fiscal year was the first time medical malpractice payouts increased in 10 years. According to Diederich, a medical liability insurance and consulting company, total payout amounts increased in 2014 by 4.4%. More money was paid out on medical malpractice claims per capita in New York than other state. New Jersey and Pennsylvania followed New York in payouts.
The New York Comptroller’s Office data is from records on settlement of meritorious claims where an individual was injured or their property damaged as a result of the City’s negligence. Based on information provided by the New York City Comptroller’s Office, the number of medical malpractice claims filed against City-owned hospitals increased in fiscal year 2015, from 495 in 2013 fiscal year, to 521 in 2015 fiscal year.
Though medical malpractice claims make up a small portion of the personal injury claims filed against the City, they are usually among the most costly. Medical malpractice claims often take between five to ten years to resolve, in part because of their complexity.
New York City has 11 public hospitals. Health and Hospitals Corporation operates the hospitals. This is the largest municipal healthcare system in the United States. Health and Hospitals Corporation is financially responsible for medical malpractice liabilities, up to a “capped limit” set by the Office of Management and Budget.
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